Thursday, May 15, 2014

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Idaho Farm Bureau Federation Celebrates 75th Anniversary

Murtaugh--Under clear blues skies, more than 150 people attended the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation's 75th anniversary in Murtaugh.

The Federation got its start in that hamlet back in September 1939, when farmers from Pocatello, Twin Falls, Lava and Filer met with representatives of the American Farm Bureau to form an Idaho Farm Bureau. The minutes from that first meeting was handed out everyone attending in the folds of the program.

Idaho Farm Bureau President Frank Priestley addressed the crowd saying it makes sense that the founder met in Murtaugh, "Under these blue skies, why wouldn't they meet here?"  Forming the Idaho Farm Bureau, Priestley said was the first step into the organizations long tradition of grassroot politics, a tradition that continues to this day.

An audio history of the Farm Bureau was played followed by remarks by Mayor Dee Hunsaker who said its fitting that the Farm Bureau got its start at one of the states main agricultural hubs, and a community known for hardworking farmers.

Farm Bureau members, staffers and a choir from Murtaugh Elementary added to the special event unveiling a stone monument at the corner of City Hall. "The Farm Bureau, it was formed by farmers by farmers, that's why its still going, getting bigger every year," said Kent Mason of Murtaugh.

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